A Simple Way to Turn down Negativity and Turn up Positivity in Life

Bill Abbate


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Why does so much negativity exist in the world today? It seems like every time you turn on the news, negativity pours out and attacks your senses. Such negativity exacerbates the anxiety and depression issues in the country.

Could part of the problem of so much negativity be our fault because too many people enjoy or crave it? Does negative news create better ratings and more income for the media? Who is at fault?

Turning off the negative

With so much media consumed today, a large part of the blame for negativity belongs to the mainstream media. Their focus is almost entirely on the negative. There is always some bad person or someone they spend time ripping apart. So many things are sensationalized, and there is disaster after disaster.

"The media dwells mostly on negativity." Bill Parcells

Then there are the crooked politicians, murders, robberies, looting, vandalism, shootings, wars, tragic deaths, and anything else negative they can dig up. It is demoralizing and demeaning. And none of that addresses the loss of journalism and truth or the intrusion of personal opinions of the so-called "professional journalists" in the news media.

"Media, the plural of mediocrity." Jimmy Breslin

What does it say about society and the influence of the mainstream media on those who feed off it? It is a sad state of affairs, in my opinion. There is too much hatred and negativity in the world. It is far worse than it was only 10 or 20 years ago, and its rate is accelerating. Is there no end in sight?

"You know journalists. You know the media. They are going to hang on to anything negative they possibly can." Hope Solo

Not convinced yet? How about some facts? Did you know:

  • 90% of media news is negative
  • 95% of media headlines are exaggerated
  • 79% of articles distort reality and are divisive
  • 65% of mistakes are ignored by news organizations
  • 79% of media companies will publish biased stories for their advertisers

Numbers like those do not paint a pretty picture of the mainstream media. The media contains so much bias they are no longer trustworthy. Sure, there is a handful of true journalists, but you have to dig to find any real unbiased reporting today.

"I think the destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media makes it harder to govern this country, harder to attract decent people to run for public office." Newt Gingrich

Before moving on to the positive, there is one final source of "garbage for the mind" that should not go without mention. Yes, you guessed it, social media. Whether it is Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media platform, tread carefully. While there are some things I like about social media, much of it is as looney toons as the mainstream media, perhaps more so!

Why waste time feeding our minds with so much negativity? That negativity influences us in so many "negative" ways if we let it enter our eyes or ears into our minds. The good news is we don't have to take it in! I started limiting my mainstream and social media consumption over a year ago, and I feel so much better! I feel as though I have regained a large part of my life. If I were to rate the increase in my positivity, I would have to say it is off the charts compared to a year ago!

Turning on the positive

Fortunately, this is still a free country, and we can take what we do and how we live into our own hands. We do not have to listen, watch, or allow such negativity in our lives.

Those who desire something more positive and uplifting have found an abundance of good sources available for little or no cost.

"Positive thinking is more than just a tagline. It changes the way we behave. And I firmly believe that when I am positive, it not only makes me better, but it also makes those around me better." Harvey Mackay

Spend a few minutes searching on places like Medium, News Break, YouTube, and other such outlets. You will be amazed at how many positive, uplifting, well-written stories, articles, videos, and information are available. It is a simple matter to ignore the negative stuff, including or especially anything political, so long as people use reasonably honest titles.

I would rather spend 10 minutes reading articles on Medium or News Break than watching or listening to the mainstream news. That is usually 10 minutes well spent vs. suffering the mind-numbing effect of the mainstream media.

On Medium, News Break, and YouTube, I can always find fresh, new self-development, humor, travel, and other highly entertaining and useful articles and videos. Most of these can be read or watched in a few minutes. By feeding my mind with the right material on these platforms, I always feel better, lighter, and more satisfied than I ever have on mainstream or social media.

If you want more peace in your life, you may want to try shutting off the so-called standard or accepted sources of "news" and nonsense.

"Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results." Willie Nelson

Final words

A final word about negativity. With the tremendous amount of lies and deception in the world today, especially in the media and politics, what does it say about moral character? Or perhaps I should say the lack of moral character. If they can't stand for the truth, it's only a matter of time until it catches up with them unless the entire country becomes morally corrupt. May that never happen to our great nation!

"Positive anything is better than negative nothing." Elbert Hubbard

I am encouraged a time will come in the future when everything will be sorted out and corrected. Until then, why not keep our heads clear of negativity and fill our minds with the wonderful things available to us today.

It is up to us to choose to be more intentional if we desire to reduce the amount of negativity being fed daily from mainstream sources. When you make your mind up to limit the amount of negativity you take in, how can you not improve your life!

Don't waste another second of your irreplaceable, invaluable time on negative things that pull you down. Life is too short!

"You are the sum total of everything you've ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it's all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive." Maya Angelou

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